Programs and Services

Sather Tower at UC Berkeley



    1. Academic, Financial Aid, VA Benefits, Personal
    2. Counseling and Psychological Services
    3. College of Letters and Science
    4. Readjustment Counseling with Dr. Kathleen Pierce, VA Psychologist from the Oakland Vet Center
      1. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pierce call: (510) 763-3904
    5. Prospetive Students

Peer Advising

    1. Front Desk Peer Advisors
    2. Veteran Outreach Peer Advisors (VOPAs) 

Community Room

    1. Space to study and relax, computers, printing, refrigerators, microwave, coffee, phone charging

Study Room

    1. Access to space when the building is open (there are times room is unavailable due to classes and meetings)

Education 198 Course: Veteran in Higher Education


Partnerships with student veteran and alumni groups 

Partnerships with on and off-campus organizations and resources


To initiate VA Education Benefits, the Certifying Official requires the following documentation based on the education benefit you use:

  • Veteran Services Intake Form - All students

  • Graduate Veterans Education Plan - Graduate students only

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) - Chapters 30,33, and 1607

  • Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) - Chapter 1607

  • Chapter 31 Authorization - Have your case manager send VA Form 22-1905 directly to the Certifying Official

  • Authorization Letter - Dependents utilizing California College Fee Waiver

All students (with the exception of Chapter 33 and Cal Vet Fee Waiver) are required to initiate their benefits or update their file with the VA, which can be done on: This is the equivalent of forms 22-1990, 22-1995, and 22-5495.

Documents may be submitted directly to Jay Nelson, Campus Certifying Official,, or Luis Hernandez, CVSC Program Coordinator,


FALL 2020 

Ethnic Studies 198: Independent Students in Higher Education: Veterans

One unit Pass/Not Pass

Instructor and Course Coordinator: Luis Hernandez and Ron Williams

This course is designed to acclimate veterans to the opportunities and expectations of student life at UC Berkeley. Learn to maximize benefits and make the best transition to the Cal academic experience. This class affords the opportunity to connect with other new and experienced Cal veterans to gain insights and strategies for working with issues that are often different from the traditional student experience.

Thursday 11:00 AM - Noon Remote Instruction (Link will be sent prior to the first session) Course #21854